3rd Chennai Rainbow Film Festival – சென்னை வானவில் திரைப்பட விழா
3rd Chennai Rainbow Film Festival
Chennai Dost a Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community based organization in Chennai conducted another successful Chennai Rainbow (LGBT) Film Festival from 4th to 8th January, 2017. .
About Chennai Dost
Chennai Dost is one of the major support group for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual men and women in Chennai, with 5000 registered members founded by Vikranth Prasanna. Established in the year 2008, Chennai Dost aims to create a healthy, non sexual social space for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual men and women.
About Chennai Rainbow Film Festival
Chennai Rainbow Film Festival (CRFF) aims to provide a venue for screening the works of established and emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer video and film makers or others who portray our community in a positive and affirmative light.
To bring noteworthy films by local, national and international talent to Front Range audiences, including films that may not otherwise see distribution in area theaters.
To build LGBTQ community and counter issues of invisibility and misinformation by providing a forum for viewing films that depict our lives and loves, and discussing the films in a social and political context.
The film festival ran for 5 days between 4th – 8th January, 2017. (Due to the demise of the former CM J.Jayalalitha, the event has been rescheduled from 7th December 2016).
4th January – Opening ceremony, Red carpet, Fashion show by Sneha Nair, Jules Idi Amin, Rainbow Ambassador awards to British Deputy High Commissioner Mr.Bharat Joshi, US Consulate General Philip Min, Actor Aadhi (for his role in the movie ‘Mirugam’), Ravi (Reporter from Hindu Tamil), Actress Sonia Aggarwal (Voice & support for LGBT rights), Sam Paul (Provided Equal employment opportunity in Toni&Guy, Provoke, Paulsons etc), Senior Advocate Sudha Ramalingam (Voice & Support for LGBT rights), Film director Seenu Ramaswamy for the film ‘Thambidurai’ depicting a transgender role in a positive manner. The event was held at Park Hyatt, Chennai. Award ceremony was presided by Dr. Kamala Selvaraj. Actor Bharath took part in the award ceremony.
5th January – Cultural programmes and Movie screenings of films such as “23C” (Tamil gay feature length film by Yaggna Valkiyan) etc at MM Theatre, Kodambakkam
6th January – Music show performed by Adam Greig & Alisha Thomas and then a stand comedy & dance show performed by Gabrielle Jasmine Marque, Movie Screenings at Alliance Francaise de Madras, Nungambakkam. Director of Alliance Francaise de Madras Mr. Pierre Emmanuel gave a welcome speech and inaugurated the event on that day.
7th January – Cultural performances by Chennai Dost team and then a tribal belly dance performed by Alex Victor & troope from Bangalore, ‘Capital I’ a odia feature length psycho thriller film was also been screened. at Auditorium of Madras School of Social Work, Egmore. Dean of Madras School of Social Work Dr. Subhashini gave a welcome speech to the audience.
8th January – Films such as “Stonewall” & “Ladies and Gentlewomen” were screened at AGS Cinemas in T Nagar. And also a panel discussion was conducted by Apsara with the panelists Sam Paul, Dheepa Ramanujam, Prathap Pandiyan, Babu Jeyakumar, Manoj Beno etc. Finally the lesbian documentary tamil feature length film by Malini Jeevarathnam won the tamil best film award. Award winner won the 7 days trip to Dubai sponsored by Venkat Raman. Award ceremony was presided by film actor Aadhi. He was also received the Rainbow Ambassador award for his role in the film ‘Mirugam’
Well known journalist, socialite and politician Apsara Reddy was the brand ambassador of the festival this year.
All 5 days more than 50 short films and documentaries both Indian and International were screened. Out of the more than 400 entries submitted our expert panel had handpicked around 50 films for screening.